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NHL Betting Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers

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Nov/19/2008
Hockey Betting

SBG Global Opening Line on the Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers game: Rangers   - 145 , Total 5.5 Under -130

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An excellent hockey betting matchup is on tap Wednesday night as the New York Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks.  It is a battle of two top goaltenders as Vancouver's Roberto Luongo faces New York's Henrik Lundqvist.  Luongo has five shutouts to lead the league while Lundqvist leads the league with 12 wins. SBG Global reports that early hockey bettin has the public taking  Rangers  at Home.

Luongo has been excellent this month going 4-1-2 with a 0.98 goals against average. He faced the Rangers last January in Vancouver and won 3-0, saving 28 shots.  He is 2-7-0 at New York though in his career with a 3.37 goals against average.  Lundqvist has not faced Vancouver since 2005 when he lost 3-2.  New York is coming off another shootout win, this time on Monday against Ottawa.  "We were fired up, and we were going to have this win, no matter what," said Fredrik Sjostrom, "Everybody excelled and played hard tonight."

Wednesday's game is an interesting one for New York forward Markus Naslund who will be facing his former team for the first time.  Naslund is second this season on the Rangers with six goals and 14 points.

Here are the hockey betting stats for Wednesday's game. The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Canucks are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between the two teams.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Rangers are 10-4 in their last 14 home games. The Rangers are 5-17 in their last 22 vs. the Northwest. The Rangers are 3-12 in their last 15 vs. the Western Conference.

SBG Global Current Line: Rangers   - 145 , Total 5.5 Under -130

The Under is 6-1 in the Canucks last 7 overall. The Under is 4-1-2 in the Canucks last 7 vs. the Atlantic. The Over is 7-2 in the Canucks last 9 road games. The Under is 9-1 in the Rangers last 10 home games. The Under is 4-1 in the Rangers last 5 overall. The Over is 5-2-1 in the Rangers last 8 vs. the Northwest. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

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